Time outs swapped for ‘calm’ time with nature, meditation at city schools

The calm spots include two green beanbag chairs, green tablets that display two-minute videos of nature scenes — such as a waterfall, or a cow eating from a pasture — and green headphones. (Erikson Institute / via DNAinfo)

CHICAGO — Amanda Moreno hopes calming kids down has a profound effect on classrooms throughout Chicago.

Moreno, of the Erikson Institute, is heading a $3 million “mindfulness” project that’s been introduced to 30 Chicago Public Schools primarily on the South and West sides.

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The five-year program — most of the money came from a U.S. Education Department grant — kicked off in September 2015 and is geared toward about 2,000 Chicago students in kindergarten through second-grade.

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